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Interest Rates Finally Dropping! We Discuss This With An Edmonton Realtor

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Yesterday, June 5th, 2024, marks a significant day as the Bank of Canada announced a much-anticipated interest rate drop. In our latest video, we discuss the implications of this change and what it means for consumers, particularly those with variable rate mortgages.
1/4% rate drop June 5

The Announcement

This morning, the Bank of Canada reduced its interest rate from 5% to 4.75%. This marks the first rate decrease since the pandemic era’s series of rate hikes began over two years ago. The retail prime rate, which influences consumer borrowing costs, will also drop from 7.2% to 6.95%.

Impact on Consumers

If you have a variable interest rate mortgage, home equity line of credit, or an unsecured line of credit, you will see a slight decrease in your interest payments. While this quarter-percent drop may seem small, it is a positive step towards more substantial rate cuts expected in the future.

It’s important to note that this rate cut does not affect fixed-rate mortgages, which are influenced by different factors.

Future Projections

In a press conference following the announcement, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem hinted at the possibility of further rate cuts. The next Bank of Canada meeting is scheduled for July 24th, and experts anticipate another quarter-percent reduction. Capital Economics, a leading economic think tank, projects that the rate could drop to 4% by the end of the year.

Employment Growth Stalled

Reasons Behind the Rate Drop

Several factors contributed to the Bank of Canada’s decision to lower rates:

  • Employment Growth: Although companies are hiring, the rate of hiring is slower than the rate of population growth among working-aged individuals, leading to a decrease in employment rates.
  • GDP Growth: Canada’s GDP is underperforming compared to previous estimates.
  • US Economic Impact: The slower-than-expected economic growth in the United States influences Canada’s mortgage rates. Recently, the US’s economic data led to a decrease in their 10-year bond yield rates, affecting Canada’s fixed interest rates.

Lower rates equals hotter housing market

Looking Forward

As we move forward, we can expect continued interest rate drops, both in variable and fixed-rate markets. Historically, lower interest rates lead to increased home prices, suggesting a potentially heated housing market in the coming months.

Conclusion

Today’s interest rate drop is a welcome relief for those with variable rate mortgages and lines of credit. While fixed-rate mortgage holders won’t see immediate benefits, the trend of decreasing rates bodes well for future borrowing costs. If you’re considering buying a home or refinancing, now is a good time to explore your options and secure favorable rates.

We hope you found this information useful. Feel free to reach out to us for any help with your pre-approval or real estate needs. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel, click the bell for notifications, and like our video. See you next time!

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Josh Tagg has been the owner of Mortgages For Less since 2006. During that time Josh has developed a reputation for being an industry leader and advocate for client education.

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